With the botched-up initial release of BlackBerry’s BBM for Android and iPhone devices, the Canadian firm has now announced a wait-list for the download as it has begun rolling out its in-demand messenger on rival platforms.
“This is the news you’ve been waiting for! I am thrilled to tell you that we are about to officially resume our rollout of BBM for Android and iPhone customers around the globe! In the next few hours, people will start seeing BBM in Google Play, the App Store and in select Samsung App Stores – where it will be free to download,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive VP for BBM at BlackBerry, in the official BlackBerry blog.
He claims – and not without reason – that the demand for BBM on Android and BBM on iPhone continues to be amazing. “About six million people signed up for information about BBM at BBM.com,” he maintains. “As you know, in just seven hours, about one million Android users were using the unreleased version of BBM for Android. What you don’t know is that more than one million people have found creative ways to “side load” BBM on their iPhone. This is incredible,” he said.
And while the company says it is implementing a wait-list to ensure a smooth roll out of the free service “to help manage this unprecedented pent up demand for BBM,” we’re gonna tell you how to jump that queue to get instant access to the BBM service on your iPhone or Android devices.
But first, learn how the official system works:
Step 1: Download BBM – the easiest way is to visit BBM.com from your Android or iPhone browser
Step 2: Once you install the app, open it, and enter your email address to hold your spot in line
Step 3: BlackBerry will email you as soon as you reach the front of the line and can start using BBM
Now, here’s how to jump the queue:
Follow steps 1 and 2, but soon after, force-close your browser.
If you (still) don’t know how to force-close the window, here’s a quick primer: On the iPhone, this can be done by double-clicking the home button and swiping the app away. On your Samsung, HTC, or any other Android-based smartphone, enter the multitasking menu and swipe the app away, or go to Settings, Apps, BBM, and click Force Close. Voila!
Once that is done, re-launch the app, and you will have the option to create an account, which will assign you a unique PIN, and to begin inviting friends.
“If you are among the millions that took the time to sign up at BBM.com, you can start using BBM immediately without waiting in line,” BlackBerry says and adds that it is “focused on moving millions of customers through the line as fast as possible.”
If you’re an Emirates 24|7 reader, then you know how to jump the queue – for now. BlackBerry could soon discover this loophole and plug it (or maybe not) – so do it as soon as you read this.
“Our team of developers and engineers has been working around the clock to bring you BBM – and make some upgrades while we’re at it – and some incredible work has been done. I look forward to sharing more of this with you here, on Inside BlackBerry, soon,” says Bocking.
The BBM Twitter account (@BBM) will be sharing updates on how quickly the line is moving.